Linking up with Cait at TheBlessedLife for the 11th Day.
I have a hard time with today's topic, being thrifty at Christmas. I usually get caught up in the sales and buying for other people and go over budget. Oops! But this year I'm definitely doing a lot better. I want to make a lot of gifts so there aren't too many things I'll be buying. Last night I did most of my shopping so from now until Christmas I'll be busy crafting & sewing (not to mention learning to sew!). Here are the few things I used when I shopped.
* Buy a Sunday newspaper ($1.75) and look through the ads. This will help you with the next two items.
*Keep an eye out for coupons. I saved $20 last night at Bed Bath & Beyond using the coupons I've accumulated the past few months (they take expired coupons). I also used coupons at Ulta and Bath & Body Works.
*MAKE A PLAN! This is the biggest tip. Before you even walk in to a store make a list of what you will get each person. It will save you time at the stores and probably frustration from crowds. After you have a list, break it up by store.
*Remember that Christmas gifts don't have to be expensive to mean something to the recipient. Most people enjoy gifts where the giver spent more time putting the gift together/creating it than money. My encouragement, get creative! Use google to get ideas from gift lists others have put together. Good luck!